Injury Update: Kenley Jansen Sidelined with Irregular Heartbeat Incident

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Dodgers’ All-Star closer, Kenley Jansen, left Colorado by plane prior to the Dodgers’ 8-5 win over the Rockies, after experiencing irregular heartbeats and altitude sickness. This same issue has occurred for Jansen before when visiting the Rockies in Colorado, but this time around Jansen never made it to Coors Field.

Jansen began to experience the irregularity in the team’s hotel in Denver, CO and was later hospitalized in Colorado before being flown back to Los Angeles to visit with doctors for further testing on Friday.

This isn’t the first time Jansen has come in contact with heart troubles. In both 2011 and 2012, Jansen missed time due to issues with heart health. In October of 2012, Jansen underwent surgery for his heart and hadn’t had an episode since, according to general manager, Farhan Zaidi.

Manager, Dave Roberts, told reporters that Jansen had his heart medication with him in Colorado. Roberts is quoted by saying, “[Jansen’s] mood is fine, you wouldn’t know the difference,” according to what Robert’s reported the team trainer saying to him in regards to Jansen.

Roberts later went on to say that Jansen’s home doctor in Los Angeles has let him know that Jansen is “stable,” at home. There will be more information on Jansen to come as tests are run by team doctors, according to Roberts.

Jansen will be unavailable for the remaining three games of the Rockies series in Colorado, but no timetable has been released on Jansen’s return. It has yet to be announced who will be covering for Jansen until he is healthy enough to return to play.


Our best wishes here at Dodgers-LowDown go to Kenley, his wife, and his children. We hope for a speedy and healthy recovery.

Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017, and for Dodgers-LowDown since 2018. Follow @ArrickJoel and @DodgersLowDown on Twitter for more.